Welcome Matt Greene, Clubs Program Manager

Dear colleagues,

I’m thrilled to share that we have hired Matt Greene ’16 for the role of Clubs Program Manager. Matt‘s career has been in Admissions – working at his high school alma mater in Detroit, then at Notre Dame, and most recently at Holy Cross College. During his time with Notre Dame Admissions, he worked closely with ND club leaders to host college fairs, spoke with prospective students and their families, and helped students navigate the admissions process. Matt graduated from Notre Dame in 2016 and was a proud member of the Band and Keough Hall Council. In his free time, he writes blogs/articles for One Foot Down and enjoys checking out local breweries.

Please join me in welcoming Matt as he begins today, May 2.

Sincerely,

Abbey

Congratulations, Helen Rajkumar!

Colleagues,

It is with great excitement that I share that Helen Rajkumar has been promoted to Senior Office Coordinator for the 405 Main office. In this important role, Helen will serve as the primary receptionist and first point of contact for the Office of the Vice President for University Relations and the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications and will manage the overall operations of the office suite.

A trusted and valued colleague, Helen has served Our Lady’s University since 2015, first as the Eck Visitors Center Customer Service Representative and most recently as the Office Services Coordinator for the Notre Dame Alumni Association. Before joining Notre Dame, Helen worked at Clay United Methodist Church and the Samaritan Counselling Center.

Originally from India, Helen has been a Michiana resident for 27 years. Helen, along with her husband, and two children reside in Granger. In her free time, Helen enjoys acrylic painting, gardening, reading, and cooking.

Helen’s first day in 405 Main will be Monday, May 9. Please join me in thanking and congratulating Helen for taking on this new role in service to Notre Dame.

My best,

Gavin

New Assoc. Dir. for Law & Graduate Business Annual Giving, Anna McKeever

Colleagues,

Today I write with bittersweet news, as Abbie Spica will be transitioning from her current role and relocating to Grand Rapids, Michigan preceding her wedding this summer. Abbie was an incredible teammate and representative of the University and we will miss her dearly. Abbie’s last day on the Annual Giving Team was last Thursday, April 14th.

While we are sad to see Abbie go, we hope to make this transition smooth, and have exciting news to share! We would like to introduce you to Anna McKeever, who will be our new Associate Director for Law and Graduate Business Annual Giving. Anna comes to us from University HR where she served as the HR Communication Program Director. Anna is a double domer, having earned both her MBA and her Bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame. I am confident that Anna will be a fantastic addition to our team. She will officially begin in this role on May 9, 2022. Please join me in welcoming Anna!

In the interim, please feel free to contact me with any questions relating to the Order of St. Thomas More, or the O’Hara Society.

Best,
Kasey O’Connor

Welcome, Kevin Vaughn!

We are thrilled to announce that Kevin Vaughn has joined University Relations as the Corporate and Foundation Relations Research Analyst. For the first time, this position will be a member of the Prospect and Research Strategy team, though Kevin will be embedded in Corporate and Foundation Relations and fully dedicated to supporting their work. We anticipate a number of synergies will stem from Kevin’s presence on both teams.

Kevin comes to the Department of Development after almost five years in Graduate Enrollment Management. Previous roles include Graduate Studies Coordinator in the Department of History and, most recently, Assistant Director for Doctoral Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Kevin holds graduate degrees in organ and sacred music, including the Doctor of Music Arts in organ performance, from Notre Dame and serves as Director of Music and Organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend and accompanist for the South Bend Chamber Singers. Organists are good with details and data, so he’s looking forward to working in University Relations as a research analyst.

Please join us in welcoming Kevin to the division!

Andrea Swanagan and Amanda Retartha

Welcome Kate Strieker to the Sorin Society Team

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to welcome Kate Strieker to the Sorin Society team in Annual Giving as the new Giving Society Service Coordinator. Kate’s first day will be Tuesday, April 19th, and we are excited to welcome her to the team the week of Notre Dame Day!

Kate is joining the OnwardND team after serving as the client service associate at a boutique wealth management firm in the Chicago area for the last year. A graduate of Wheaton College, Kate also has a passion for the Young Life mission which is an organization she worked for following graduation. We are excited that Kate will bring with her a contagious enthusiasm for the Notre Dame mission and through her leadership, join us in serving our students through the thoughtful engagement of our giving society members.

In her free time, Kate enjoys the outdoors – either running, walking, or playing yard games – meaning she is sure to enjoy campus in the coming months! Also, and most importantly, congratulations are in order as Kate’s relocation to the South Bend area is coupled with the news of her engagement to Wynn Brown, a Notre Dame graduate, and former UR intern! Welcome, again, Kate!

With gratitude,
Pablo

Best Wishes to Shayne Murphy

Colleagues,

I write today with bittersweet news. Our wonderful colleague, Shayne Murphy, has accepted an exciting position as VP of Operations with Tosca managing 19 plants and over 1,000 employees.

It has been my great privilege to work alongside Shayne as a member of the East Coast team. During his time with our team, Shayne was disciplined and dedicated to the families he’s served in the DC/Baltimore area and we are grateful for his efforts and commitment to furthering Our Lady’s University over the past 2.5 years.

I know I speak on behalf of the entire team when I share he will be deeply missed. Due to the start date of his new position, Shayne’s last day with UR was yesterday. I encourage you to reach out to Shayne with your well wishes.

Thank you,
George

Welcome, Congratulations, and Updates to the Organizational Strategy Team

We’ve got some new things cooking over in the team formerly known as Resource Strategy and Administration. First, our new name: Organizational Strategy! Here, you will find a team of dedicated people, working with you to get to Yes! We’ll partner with you to manage your operating budget, get your benefactors the best tickets to football (and other events), find you an office space, and help you recruit wildly talented team members!

It is in this final charge that we have big news to share. Please join me in welcoming Adria Logan as our first-ever Associate Director of Resource Operations and Strategy. Beginning Monday, April 11, Adria will lead our Talent Acquisition team by partnering with managers to find the best talent, clarifying and streamlining our hiring process, and analyzing our hiring/people data to position UR best to reach our goals.

Adria earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State University. Adria joins us after a decade of service at Goshen Health where she gained a wealth of experiences through roles as Physician Recruiter, process improvement Coach, Business Manager, and most recently, Director of Revenue Cycle. In our reorganized team, Tara Gilchrist, Sheri Egendoerfer, and Nancy Cole will report directly to Adria.

Adria’s new “home” is 1108 Grace Hall, so please feel free to stop by or drop her a note (alogan3@nd.edu) of welcome!

In addition to this change, a huge congratulations is in order for Sheri Egendoerfer. Sheri has been promoted to Talent Acquisition Associate. In this role, Sheri is taking on additional consulting responsibilities for more roles. Go Sheri!

Tara Gilchrist, Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant, will spearhead the ever-important sourcing for development positions. Nancy Cole will continue to provide critical coordination for the talent acquisition team as well as manage the assignment of office space and support a variety of financial and position management matters.

Please visit us in 11S Grace Hall! We’d love to see you!

Kathryn Valenti
Sr. Director of Organizational Strategy

Congratulations Angel Hess!

Dear UR,

Please join us in celebrating Angel Hess as she joins the DC Team! Angel is transitioning to the Regional Associate (RA) role from Senior Coordinator for Athletics Advancement, a position she has fulfilled since 2018. Angel will remain embedded in Athletics Advancement. This will be her fifth role since she began her Notre Dame career in Annual Giving in 2012. Prior to joining the University, Angel worked for the Penn-Harris-Madison and Mishawaka schools in Human Resources for many years. Angel enjoys spending time with her family (which is growing as both her son and daughter are getting married in the coming months), gardening, and you can catch her walking around the ND lakes at noontime!

Lori

New Addition to the NDAA MarCom Team: Molly Lenaburg

I’m thrilled to announce that Molly Lenaburg has accepted our offer to join the Notre Dame Alumni Association as the new Affinity Marketing Program Director. She succeeds the venerable Anne Faherty, who recently stepped away to embark on her well-earned retirement. Molly is a native of Elkhart, IN and graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2014. She brings with her a passion for marketing and, as a lifelong fan, a passion for Notre Dame. Her previous marketing experiences include the shoe industry, boat manufacturing, residential construction, and a marketing agency. When she isn’t working, Molly enjoys spending time with her beagle pup Benji, fiancé Alex, family and friends, crafting, and wedding planning.

Molly’s first day with us will be Monday, March 28, 2022. Please join me in welcoming Molly to the family!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mollylenaburg/

Thank you,

Digger

Best Wishes to Megan DePrimio-Faust

Dear Colleagues,

I write today with bittersweet news. I am delighted to share that our wonderful colleague, Megan DePrimio-Faust, has accepted a position as Program Director for Engagement and Policy Operations with Notre Dame Athletics.

It has been my great privilege to work alongside Megan during my time with the Stewardship and Donor Relations team. Megan is organized, dedicated, deadline-focused, and excellent at managing the details for large-scale undertakings. Megan has excelled in leading many of the Capital Public Recognition projects large and small over her past 5.5 years in Development and has been instrumental in shaping recognition and plaque standards. She has also contributed to other areas of Stewardship including Fr. John and Lou Nanni Acknowledgements and Athletics Endowment Reports. Additionally, she has worked diligently to lead our team towards the completion of a University-wide audit of public recognition.

I know I speak on behalf of the entire team when I share she will be deeply missed. However, her absence on our team will soften knowing that she is headed back to a role that will allow her to work each day using her passion for Athletics. Megan’s last day will be April 1. Please join me in congratulating Megan on this new chapter.

The Stewardship & Donor Relations team will work diligently to post Megan’s position. If you are interested in working with the Donor Recognition team, please reach out to me directly.

All My Best,
Jessica